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Turkey's War On Afrin

EDM number 877 in 2017-19, proposed by Chris Williamson on 30/01/2018.
Categorised under the topics of Asylum, Eastern Europe, Ethnic groups, Human rights, International politics and government, Middle East and Military operations.

That this House strongly condemns Turkey's unprovoked, aggressive airstrikes on Afrin, a Kurdish canton in Northern Syria, resulting in deaths and injuries of civilians; notes that initiating a military attack on a country that has not attacked you constitutes a war crime; understands that neither Afrin canton, nor any other Northern Syrian Kurdish region, has ever attacked or threatened to attack Turkey; further notes that Turkish jets started targeting civilian areas in Afrin on 20 January 2018, including Afrin city, Cindirêsê, Reco, Shera, Shêrawa and Mabeta districts and the refugee camp Rubar; notes that the Rubar camp hosts more than 20,000 refugees who have fled war-torn parts of Syria, and that Afrin itself hosts more than 200,000 internally displaced people which constitutes over half its population; condemns the Turkish military's alliance with al-Qaeda, Heyet Tahrir El Sam, in coordinated aerial and ground attacks on Afrin, opening up a new and bloody front after seven years of tragic conflict in Syria; believes this can only drag the region into a renewed catastrophe, inflicting hunger, killing more children, creating more displaced people; commends the Kurdish forces in the YPG and YPJ who defeated ISIS in their capital of Raqqa; calls on all democratic forces and public opinion to show solidarity with the people of Afrin, to protest and condemn Turkey's genocidal invasion; condemns the silence of the international community in the face of these attacks which will legitimise the violation of human and fundamental rights.

This motion has been signed by a total of 18 MPs.

Chris Williamson30/01/2018Derby NorthLabourProposed
Jim Shannon31/01/2018StrangfordDUPSeconded
Ronnie Campbell31/01/2018Blyth ValleyLabourSeconded
Jonathan Edwards31/01/2018Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins31/01/2018Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Chris Stephens31/01/2018Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySeconded
Dennis Skinner01/02/2018BolsoverLabourSigned
Mary Glindon01/02/2018North TynesideLabourSigned
Christine Jardine01/02/2018Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Chris Law01/02/2018Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Sandy Martin06/02/2018IpswichLabourSigned
Hannah Bardell08/02/2018LivingstonScottish National PartySigned
Stephen Gethins20/02/2018North East FifeScottish National PartySigned
Alan Brown20/02/2018Kilmarnock and LoudounScottish National PartySigned
Drew Hendry20/02/2018Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned
Stewart Hosie20/02/2018Dundee EastScottish National PartySigned
Hywel Williams22/02/2018ArfonPlaid CymruSigned
Kirsty Blackman21/03/2018Aberdeen NorthScottish National PartySigned

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